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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Fifty Eight: Man and nature -- expressing our relationship with the environment > Natural embrace, Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia, 2013
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Natural embrace, Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia, 2013
12-FEB-2013

Natural embrace, Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia, 2013

The branches of a huge tree embrace these graves of American military casualties from World War II, as well as those from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It seems as if nature itself is watching over its own here, and in a way, it is. Man, while often at odds with the natural world, is also a product of that world. This massive tree is so much larger than the grave stones, which means it has been here at least as long as they have, and perhaps even longer. My image asks the viewer a simple question: if this huge tree could think, one wonders what conclusions it might come up with.

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Phil Douglis22-May-2014 19:28
Thanks, Bernard, for seeing these branches as manifestations of sadness and care. I saw the entire tree as a symbolic guardian of these dead soldiers, a living organism that watches over these honored dead. I agree that they can also well represent a sad but caring touch.
Bernard Bosmans22-May-2014 11:30
The tree seems sad with those drooping branches, reaching out for a caring touch.
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